The Case Against Dissecting Cats In High School Classrooms

Millions of animals will be dissected in high schools across the U.S. this year. According to the Humane Herald, many of those animals will be cats.

Cats are one of the most commonly dissected animals in schools, reports the American Anti-Vivisection Society.

Cats used in dissection are sometimes taken from shelters.

Cats used in dissection are sometimes taken from shelters.

According to investigations by PETA into biological supply companies that provide schools with animals for dissection, animals experience all kinds of horrifying abuse before they are killed and sold to schools. In some cases, the cats used were first taken from shelters, pet stores and off the streets before they were killed and embalmed, denied any chance of a happy life.

According to a study by Rhiana Kohl, PhD., cats aren’t the only ones suffering from this cruel practice. Children are also at risk of seeing cruelty normalized.

Cats are one of the most commonly dissected animals in schools.

Cats are one of the most commonly dissected animals in schools.

Multiple videos show kids playing with mutilated animal bodies during dissection lessons, jumping rope with a cat’s intestines and dancing with cat carcasses, CBS News reports.

Given the notorious link that exists between animal cruelty and violent behavior, it’s unconscionable that we allow kids to dissect these animals.

There are humane educational alternatives to cat dissection.

There are humane educational alternatives to cat dissection.

Especially considering the fact that the dissection of any animal is archaic and downright unnecessary. From 3-D models to digital simulation programs, there are a host of dissection alternatives available that schools can and should embrace.

Cats do not deserve this fate. Click below and help us call for an end to cat dissection in U.S. schools!

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Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.
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